Classes & Programs

Dance Repertory Company


In addition to dance classes, an exciting part of the learning experience for MCA students is performance opportunities.

Students may audition for MCA’s pre-professional performing ensemble, the Dance Repertory Company (DRC), or MCA’s junior performing troupe, the Dance Repertory Company II. Biennially DRC presents a full-length production of the traditional holiday classic The Nutcracker (Dec. 2018 will be our 10th production) as well as The Sugar Plum Fairy Tea Party.

DRC Students and alumni have studied at or performed with: American Ballet Theatre, Anaya Dance Theatre, Ballet Austin, Joffery Ballet, Limon Dance Company, Radio City Music Hall, Milwaukee Ballet, St. Paul Ballet, and more.

Mark your calendar for 2018-19 DRC Productions:


Dance Repertory Company Presents: The Nutcracker

Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts and Saint Mary’s Department of Theatre and Dance present Dance Repertory Company’s 10th biennial production of Tchaikovsky’s holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker. Join Clara and her beloved Nutcracker as she journeys through the land of sweets, complete with sugar plum fairies, snowflakes, dew drops and russian babas.

Auditions: Community Dancers ages 5- Adult are invited to audition Sat. Sept. 8th during the following time slots at MCA’s home, the Valencia Arts Center. 5-6 years- arrive at 3pm, 7-9 years- arrive at 3:45pm, 10 years- adults- arrive at 4:45pm. An optional audition workshop will be held on August 22nd, Learn more by visiting our Nutcracker Q & A.

Performances:  Thursday, Nov.29 through Sunday, Dec. 2nd, 2018 (see performance times below)

Thursday, Nov. 29th- 12:30pm (School Matinee)

Thursday, Nov. 29th- 6:30pm Abridged performance perfect younger children and their families.This performance is around 1 hour and all tickets are only $5.

Friday, Nov. 30th- 6:30pm

Saturday, Dec. 1- 6:30pm

Sunday, Dec. 2- 3:00pm

All performances are at the Saint Mary University of Minnesota, Page Theatre (700 Terrace Heights, Winona, MN). Tickets are $12 for adults, $5 for students and senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased at the door Page Theatre Saint Mary’s University Performance Center (700 Terrace Heights, Winona MN), by calling Performance Center Box Office at 507-457-1715 or online at


tap dancersDance Repertory Company Spring Dance Concert

The 46th annual spring dance concert of Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ Dance Repertory Company will present an engaging performance featuring works that range from classical to contemporary, ballet to hip hop, encompassing re-staged re-staged works as well as brand new choreography created by MCA faculty and regional guest artists. Students attending the matinee performance will love the exposure to different dance styles and be challenged to observe how dancers can tell a story through movement, music and other production elements.

Auditions: Jan. 2019, MCA

Performances: April 11-14, 2019 (see performance times below)

April 19- School Matinee, 10am

April 20th & 21- Public Performances, 7:30pm

April 22- Public Performance, 3pm

All Performances at the Saint Mary University of Minnesota, Page Theatre.


Other Performance Opportunities

In addition to the Dance Repertory Company MCA tries to offer performance opportunities both big and small through the participation in National Tap Dance Day, Irish Festivals, Ready Set School’s Chili Cook Off, Winona Public Library events, performances at Nursing homes and more. Between Summer Camps, MCA’s Music and Theatre Divisions there are plenty of performance opportunities and chances to attend performances. Check out our Events Calendar to see what performances you can catch.

Help us Race into Nutcracker Season

We are so happy that we have been selected by Mississippi Thunder Speedway in Fountain City to participate in a 50/50 raffle. We need to provide a few volunteers to sell raffle tickets for $1 or $5 for 6 tickets and we get to keep 50% of money collected for tickets that evening. The money raised will be used to help us race into the preparations of our Dance Repertory Company’s (DRC) 10th biennial production of The Nutcracker, which will run Nov. 28-Dec.2, 2018 at the Page Theatre.

Volunteers are needed on July 27th, 2018 5:45pm- approx. 10 pm. Volunteers ages 10 and up are invited to participate and will be are given free admission and 2 adults or 1 child and 1 adult will be given pit passes. Tickets buckets and aprons are provided.

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Are you ready to FALL into the Arts?

Just as the leaves and seasons change, so does our programming. We are so excited to share a glimpse into our exciting Fall programming that we are in the midst of planning. Please explore our Fall 2018 Catalog. Registration opens on July 15th at 12:00am. We hope to see you soon!

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Why Dance at MCA

There are other opportunities to study dance in the Winona community, but there is nothing that compares with the the long rich history and unique experience MCA offers. MCA begun as the Ballet School under the direction of our founder, Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin in 1973. We invite you to join us for a class, camp or free Family Arts Academy Workshop to experience the difference for yourself, in the mean time below is a list of a few things that make the MCA experience special.

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Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts
1164 West Howard (10th) Street
Winona, MN 55987

Phone: 507-453-5500
Fax: 507-453-5507


The MCA offices will be closed March 30-April 2nd, 2018

Monday - Tuesday
9 a.m. - 7 p.m.

11:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Thursday - Friday
9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Building and Galleria open during programming

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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